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What We Learned from Proper-Distanced Events – Part 1 of 5

This is the first of five parts on setting up proper-distanced events. While focusing on storytelling, the information applies to any performing arts or proper-distanced event. Our blog as well as our proper-distanced house concerts with rental of recordings are wonderful sources of information and entertainment.


You are ready for live performance again…with spacing and masks…and what else?

Nothing beats the intense energy when performing live. Naturally, you want to rush to it as fast as safely possible.

We paused our regular house concert series from March – July 2020 and then rephased into proper-distanced house concerts on August 14. That same week, we offered both live and virtual story camps.

And people thanked us.

So what works for spacing?

No longer did it feel like indoor house concerts could be considered. The most we packed into my home was 45 people. If proper-distancing, I feel like I can only have 10 people. True, that is better than nothing.

Think of bigger areas.

Outdoors combined with proper-distancing and masks is the triple net of safety.

Even if your area is fine with people not wearing masks outside, we decided to be ultra-sensitive to it as we–as an organization and as individuals–put the safety of our story artists and audience first.

Here are large outdoor spaces that can work for proper-distancing:

Here are large indoor spaces to consider for proper-distancing:

During this time, avoid classroom-sized areas.

You will still get people offering an opportunity. Brainstorm with them on larger areas that both of you can easily access–and hopefully for free or minimal cost.

How far apart is the performer from the front row?

What about spacing between rows?

Need some studies or articles to support the importance of spacing/distancing?:

We will delve into sanitation, good habits, equipment, and liability/indemnity to make things safer for everyone in Part 2.

You can make this live event happen. Think with logic and love. Enjoy the energy from a proper-distanced event.

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Join us for our proper-distanced house concerts such as with Nannette Watts in West Jordan, UT on September 18, 2020…or get the recording afterwards.

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